Diabetic Retinopathy

An ocular manifestation of diabetes, diabetic retinopathy is the result of weakening on the blood vessels within the lining of the inner eye called the retina and is the leading cause of blindness in American adults.

Vision symptoms are usually rare in the early stages of diabetic retinopathy, however, intermittent blur and seeing spots in the vision can be warning signs. Risk factors for diabetic retinopathy include, poorly controlled diabetes, hypertension, smoking, and being diabetic for ten years or more. Typically affecting patients who have had diabetes for ten years or more, the longer a person has diabetes, the higher his or her chances of developing diabetic retinopathy.

Annual eye exams are strongly recommended for all diabetic patients. At Belleview Eye Associates, we use retinal photography methods to detect retinal blood vessel problems and to monitor changes from exam to exam. There are multiple forms of diabetic retinopathy, and Dr. Phillips and Dr. Borstad can determine your particular form. With one form, blood vessels may swell and leak fluid. In another, abnormal new blood vessels grow on the surface of the retina. Watch the video to learn more. If you have diabetes and are concerned about diabetic retinopathy, schedule an appointment with Dr. Phillips or Dr. Borstad for a comprehensive eye exam and be sure to include it on your patient history form.

It is an ocular manifestation of diabetes, a systemic disease, which affects up to 80 percent of all patients who have had diabetes for 10 years or more. The longer a person has diabetes, the higher his or her chances of developing diabetic retinopathy.

Despite these intimidating statistics, research indicates that at least 90% of new cases could be reduced by preventative monitoring during regular eye examinations and proper treatment.

There are multiple forms of diabetic retinopathy, and only your doctor can determine your particular form. With one form, blood vessels may swell and leak fluid. In another, abnormal new blood vessels grow on the surface of the retina.

In the early stages of diabetic retinopathy, many do not notice a change to their vision because there are little to no symptoms. If an eye doctor does not catch diabetic retinopathy early, one could sustain mild blurriness at near or in the distance, as well as floaters. In severe cases a sudden loss of vision may occur.

Unfortunately, Diabetic Retinopathy can result in permanent damage that cannot be reversed. However, if caught in time, prescribed treatments may slow development and prevent vision loss.

Concerned about the onset of diabetic retinopathy? Call and schedule a preventative eye examination today.

May 1st, 2020

We will be reopening effective Tuesday May 12th! We are glad to be back and looking forward to providing our patients with the exemplary care you have come to expect in the safest environment possible.

While our doors will be open, we will have some changes in effect per guidelines from the CDC and the American Optometric Association.

We are asking patients to CHECK IN prior to entering the office. We will have a check in station set up where we will conduct a health screening questionnaire and your temperature will be checked.

We are requiring that all patients over the age of 2 wear a FACE MASK.

SOCIAL DISTANCING will be required and our staff will approve entry in order to control the number of people in the office. Please wait for staff approval before entering the office.

In order to maintain our social distance guidelines, we will be allocating ONE HOUR for the exam, shopping, and checkout. If you need more time to find the perfect pair of glasses we will be adding specialized shopping times.

If you had an appointment that was cancelled due to the COVID 19 closure, please contact our office at 303-979-3937 so that we can reschedule your appointment.

Thank you! We look forward to "seeing" you all again! :)